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I have a 1986 240 five speed. The clutch pedal is hard to push to engage clutch.

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If you know any motorcycle riders, you can borrow their cable lubricating tool and an aerosol can of Chain and Cable lube and clamp the tool to the bottom end of the cable and force lubricant up the length of the cable. Throw a rag on the floor of the car beneath the clutch pedal to catch drips. Look for fraying cable at the bottom end of the cable.
Failing that, you can try replacing the cable with a quality (i.e. not made in China) replacement cable. It is a bit of a chore to replace because it is hard to get your hand up to the top of the clutch pedal arm to disconnect and reconnect that cable. Helps to have small hands. The lower end of the cable beneath the car is easy to do if you have the car up on ramps.
There are problems that can happen within the clutch that will make the pedal hard to press, but you probably don't want to tackle that, mostly because the transmission in this car is really heavy and can hurt you when you are taking it out and putting it back. Also, you will need tools that you probably don't currently own. If the problem turns out to be deeper and you do decide to tackle the clutch job yourself, get a couple of strong friends under there with you to pull the transmission out and later to put it back..

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